Leyland beat rain and Morecambe

Ian Dickinson - Leyland 2nd - P93
Ian Dickinson - Leyland 2nd - P93

Leyland put in a much improved performance on Saturday to beat Morecambe in the Northern League.

The champions welcomed back all-rounder Luis Reece, who has been playing for Unicorns and his university and he gave the batting a more solid look.

In a rain-reduced contest, David Makinson won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Morecambe to bat on a slightly green track.

Pro Brett Pelser (3-37) made scoring difficult and but for an impressive 82 off 104 balls by Chris Williams, Morecambe would have finished well short of their eventual total of 154-5 off 37 overs.

In reply Reece rode his luck to hit an unbeaten 68 off 91 balls with a mixture of conventional shots and unorthodox batting to guide his side to a comfortable eight-wicket win.

He was ably supported by Adam Coates, who made a run-a-ball 33 after earlier keeping wicket, and Brett Pelser, who was undefeated on 17.

n On Sunday, Leyland slipped out of the National Knockout in Round One with a bit of a whimper.

Batting first against Bradshaw CC, they were bowled out for 133 inside 36 overs.

Karl Cross top scored with 44 but only three other players reached double figures.

Ian Dickinson made his debut for the first team and looked good as he reached 13 before perishing.

In reply Leyland got six quick wickets and used no fewer than eight bowlers.

Inspirational spinner Tayyab Afsar took 4-27 but it proved to be in vain.

Morecambe 2nd XI 143-5

Leyland 2nd XI 126 all out

Pressure can do strange things to a side.

On Saturday Leyland succumbed at Morecambe in a low-scoring run chase.

Batting first, Morecambe made a solid start before a late clatter of wickets saw them close on 143-5 in their 35 overs.

Steven Pallett went for just 21 off his 10 overs but the spin twins of Stephen Cartwright and Alex Williams went for a combined 52 runs in 10 overs and that was crucial.

In reply no Leyland batsman could play the crucial match-winning innings.

Ian Dickinson hit 23 and captain Ian Farrington top scored with 31 but they fell 17 runs short.

n Leyland 3rds went down to their first defeat of the season in Division Three of the Palace Shield on Saturday.

They paid the price for letting their opponents - BAC/EE Preston 2nds - off the hook after Laurence Shackleton (4-14) and Chris Kelly (2-26) had whipped out their top order.

It meant that their final total of 101-8 after 40 overs was a challenging target at Wellfield.

In reply no Leyland batsman reached 20 as they were bowled out for 79 with Brett Foy taking 8-32.

n Andy Miller’s unbeaten 61 was the difference as Leyland 4ths beat Vernon Carus 4ths by 15 runs.

Miller’s 61 and Andy Hatton (30) were the only two players to reach double figures as Leyland closed on 134-9 off 37 overs.

In reply Dominic Walker (4-37) and evergreen Sifton Prince (3-7) bundled Vernon